Municipal Bankruptcy Law: A Solution Which Should Not Become a Problem

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This article challenges whether there should be a procedural bankruptcy law for
municipalities. It sets out a list of alternatives ranging from structured to more
discretionary, debtor- or creditor-oriented approaches. It questions whether the
administration of these cases is more a matter of politics rather than of procedural, bankruptcy law. This question is embodied in a comparison of two legal systems
(Italy and United States) and two similar, yet different cases (‘Rome’ and ‘Detroit’)
and their implications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-30
Number of pages30
JournalNottingham Insolvency and Business Law eJournal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Detroit
  • Rome
  • municipal bankruptcy
  • insolvency

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